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La Liga 2019/2020 | Barcelona 5-2 Real Betis: 4 players that impressed for the Catalans  

Elvis Ume O
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26 Aug 2019, 10:57 IST

FC Barcelona v Real Betis - La Liga
FC Barcelona v Real Betis - La Liga

Barcelona bounced back from their shock 1-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao on matchday one with an emphatic 5-2 victory over Real Betis at Camp Nou.

Despite falling behind to an early Nabil Fekir goal, Barcelona rallied back, and seized the initiative to grab all three points in front of their fans.

Real Betis defeated Barcelona on their own turf with a 4-3 victory last season, and there would have been more than a few hearts in mouths when Los Verdiblancos went ahead inside the first 15 minutes.

However, Barcelona stepped up to the plate to ensure that lightning did not strike twice, with the players doing their bit to guarantee the victory.

While a number of Barcelona players impressed, some shone more than others, and in this piece, we shall be highlighting four players who impressed the most against Real Betis.


#4 Carles Perez

Perez was handed his first La Liga start and he made it count
Perez was handed his first La Liga start and he made it count

Carles Perez is a 21-year-old who plays as a winger for Barcelona B. He had joined the side's youth academy from Espanyol in 2015 and has so far scored 12 goals from 54 matches for Barcelona's reserve side and helped them to the UEFA Youth League in 2018.

Perez has been an infrequent member of the senior side, having made his debut against Eibar, and was one of a number of La Masia youngsters who starred for Barcelona during pre-season, scoring both goals in the 2-0 victory over Vissel Kobe in Japan.

The injuries sustained by Messi, Suarez and Dembele left Valverde short of options in attack, and this prompted Perez to be handed his first La Liga start for Barcelona, starting in a front three alongside Griezmann and Rafinha.

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Having earlier missed a good opportunity, Carles Perez made amends in the 56th minute, calmly gliding past Guardado before slotting the ball into the back of the net to put Barcelona 3-1 up.

While it would be far fetched to suggest that Perez would break into the first team owing to the abundance of talent in front of him, there would always be windows of opportunities for him to make appearances, and Perez seems ready to grab whatever chances come his way.

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